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All writings, including academic ones, to a large extent mirror the writers' personal storytelling, itself being a reflection of social and intellectual contexts. New maps of the territories are necessarily to be reconstructed to justify academic disciplines and scholarly projects. Focusing on the plural manifestations of Zen not only acknowledges geographical and historical diversity, but also the fact that there are social, institutional, and cognitive diversities of representation within the field of Zen Buddhism as well. Myōshinji is the largest of the fifteen Rinzai sects. The development of postwar and contemporary Myōshinji Zen is described through juridical, institutional, and economic aspects, with a focus on the structure and function of the temple. Descriptions and interpretations of religious practice are continuously related to textual and normative hermeneutics and strategies within the Myōshinji institutional context.

Keywords: Myōshinji; Rinzai sects; Zen Buddhism

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